When I posted a mock two weeks ago, I expected that the next one I would post on the site would wait until after the Combine. But I’ve decided in all my wisdom to do another one before the Combine, but this time I’ve decided to include three rounds instead of one. An asterisk (*) indicates an underclassman.
Moving Up? QB Cam Newton
1. Carolina Panthers – QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri*
I still think the Panthers will take a quarterback with their top pick, and I think when all is said and done Gabbert will be the pick.
2. Denver Broncos – DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson*
With the Broncos move to the 4-3 under John Fox, getting another pass rusher to team with Dumervil will be important.
3. Buffalo Bills – QB Cam Newton, Auburn*
With Fitzpatrick under center, the Bills are one of the teams at the top that can afford to take Newton high in the draft because they won’t be forced to play him right away.
4. Cincinnati Bengals – DT Nick Fairley, Auburn*
While the Bengals need wide receiver help, they can’t pass on a defensive playmaker like Fairley here in the draft.
5. Arizona Cardinals – WR A.J. Green, Georgia*
Green will be a great complement if they keep Fitzgerald, but also a good replacement if they move him.
6. Cleveland Browns – DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama*
With the Browns expected make a switch to the 4-3, getting a force in the middle like Dareus will go a long way.
7. San Francisco 49ers – OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M
The 49ers need some pass rush help, and Miller is considered the premier guy in that realm by many.
8. Tennessee Titans – QB Jake Locker, Washington
The post Vince Young era in Tennessee begins with Jake Locker.
9. Dallas Cowboys – CB Patrick Peterson, LSU*
Jerry Jones can’t pass up an athlete like Peterson to help improve a porous Dallas secondary.
10. Washington Redskins – WR Julio Jones, Alabama*
Whoever is the Redskins new quarterback will appreciate a target like Jones on the outside.